LEXINGTON, Tenn. – Late last month, State of Tennessee Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke presented a Certificate of Recognition and a Green Performer flag to Volvo Penta Environmental and Safety Coordinator Dana Scates and Director of Operations Mac Rose, the company reported in a recent statement.
The commissioner recognized the Lexington, Tenn.-based facility’s achievements in preventing pollution in the ceremony on March 24. The Volvo Penta Marine Products plant is the 13th Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership (TP3) member to achieve Performer status in the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership leadership program, according to the company.
In addition to Volvo Penta Global Sr. Vice President of Manufacturing Randy Phelps, members of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and other community and industrial groups were in attendance.
“This is a great achievement for both Volvo Penta and its employees at the Lexington facility,” said Fyke. “It demonstrates the facility’s commitment to seek out opportunities to eliminate and reduce waste, save natural resources and prevent pollution. We appreciate the leadership Volvo Penta and all our TP3 performers provide to help protect our natural resources.”
To achieve Performer status, TP3 program participants are required to develop and complete a five-project plan to help prevent pollution of air, land and water, while reducing waste and conserving natural resources. Performers also incorporate community outreach and mentoring into their programs, according to the company.
“Environmental care is one of the core values of the Volvo Group and an integral part of Volvo Penta's commitment to customers and end users, employees and the community,” said Rose. “We are honored to received this recognition and applaud our associates’ efforts to conserve and preserve our community’s resources.”
Volvo Penta documented five environmental success stories to achieve Performer status, demonstrating measurable results in pollution prevention. Notable results include lowering hazardous air pollutants by 9.5 tons, reducing hazardous waste by 10,000 pounds, preventing 250 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and reducing water usage by nearly a quarter million gallons per year, according to the company. Additionally, the facility reclaimed more than 660,000 kilograms of material including used oil, wood, cardboard and scrap metal for further use rather than simply discarding in a landfill, it stated.
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